THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Fayez Sarofim & Co. Us Men’s Clay Court Championship
From 04/10 to 04/16
Prize money: $ 535,625
Surface: Clay outdoor
Tournament location: River Oaks Country Club – 1600 River Oaks Blvd, Houston, TX 77019
How to get: Houston downtown is far from River Oaks Cc just 4 miles and 11 minutes driving. Courts are far just 14 miles from William P.Hobby Airport.
Recent former champions: 2016 Juan Monaco – 2015 Jack Sock – 2014 Fernando Verdasco – 2013 John Isner – 2012 Juan Monaco – 2011 Ryan Sweeting – 2010 Juan Ignacio Chela – 2009 Leyton Hewitt – 2008 Marcel Granollers – 2007 Ivo Karlovic
Entry list: Jack Sock (Usa) – John Isner (Usa) – Steve Johnson (Usa) – Feliciano Lopez (Esp) – Fernando Verdasco (Esp) – Sam Querrey (Usa) – Donald Young (Usa) – Adrian Mannarino (Fra) – Thomaz Bellucci (Bra) – Juan Monaco (Arg)
THE TOWN: Houston is the most populous city in the state of Texas and the fourth-most populous city in the United States. Nicknamed the “Space City”, it is a global city, with strengths in business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, education, medicine, and research. The city has a population from various ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large and growing international community. Houston is the most diverse city in Texas and has been described as the most diverse in the United States. It is home to many cultural institutions and exhibits, which attract more than 7 million visitors a year to the Museum District. Houston has an active visual and performing arts scene in the Theater District and offers year-round resident companies in all major performing arts.
Lonely Planet writes: “Think laid-back, pickup truck and boot-scooting town meets high-powered, high-cultured and high-heeled metropolis. During the day, chill out in your flip-flops, take in museums and shopping, then hit happy hour on a leaf-shaded deck. At night, revel in culinary or cultural bliss – the foodie scene and theater district are both nationally renowned. Sure, oil-and-gas wealth underlies a lot of the city’s endeavors, but you’d never know it from the lack of pretension. What’s not to like about a place where a weeks-long rodeo and barbecue cook-off is the favorite reason for stepping out? Here starched jeans are de rigeur in all but the very fanciest of restaurants.
Houston may rank behind Chicago as the nation’s fourth most populated city, but it covers a greater area than all of New Jersey. Diverse residential neighborhoods and enclaves of restaurants and shops spread far and wide. You’ll miss out if you limit yourself to Downtown. The leafy Museum District is the city’s cultural center; Upper Kirby and River Oaks have upscale shopping and dining; Montrose contains cute bungalows, quirky shops and eateries; Midtown has up-and-coming condos and some good restaurants; Washington Ave is nightlife central and the Heights has historic homes and boutiques. Don’t forget that a couple of the town’s main attractions – NASA’s Space Center Houston in Clear Lake and Galveston Island – are outside the city limits, requiring a 45-minute drive down I-45.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:
- Johnson Space Center
- Waterwall Park
- Museum of Natural Science
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Residence Inn by Marriott Houston Northwest/Cypress. Exceptional *** hotel located adjacent to North Cypress Medical Center. This hotel, rated 9.6 on Booking and featuring an indoor pool and gym, offers king studio with sofa bed of 28mq2 at 110 USD with breakfast included, and free wi-fi connection and parking. Each studio has tis own fully equipped kitchen.
- Emabassy Suites Houston-Downtown. Excellent **** hotel located at just 800 mt from city centre, this accomodation has been rated 9.2 on Booking. A fantastic king suite costs 219 USD per night with breakfast, wifi and free shuttle service for Houston city centre.
- JW Marriot Houston Downtown. Fabulous ***** hotel situated in the heart of Huston and 5 minutes driving from Discovery Green Park. Rated 9.0 on booking, it offers a fitness center, free parking and wifi connection. The price for a King double room with designer furnishings is 248 USD per night breakfast not included.
Please notice that 17% taxes are not included in showed prices.